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Semantic interoperability enables systems and services to exchange and interpret data meaningfully.

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Observatories are monitoring tools designed to gather information on the state of play of digital public administration and interoperability activities.

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Tools and specifications for achieving interoperability in the EU public sector improve coordination, data sharing, and decision-making across sectors.

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Smart cities

Smart cities can contribute to achieving the EC's Digital Decade objectives, promoting sustainability and innovation in the public sector.

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Digital innovation

The Innovation topic discusses how governments are using AI, Blockchain, and GovTech to enhance operations and serve citizens better.

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Last update: 27/11/2023

ICEGOV 2023 - An award for NIFO!

We are very pleased to share that the paper titled “Citizen-centric and trustworthy AI in the public sector: Cases of Finland and Hungary”, submitted under the National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) and co-authored by Claudia Oliveira (European Commission – DG DIGIT), Sara Talpo, Noémie Custers, Emilia Miscena and Edwige Malleville (Wavestone), has received the Best Short Paper Award at the 16th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV 2023). The paper The increasing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by the public sector could bring…
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Last update: 27/11/2023

FOSSEPS 2 in the EU Budget for 2024

In a decisive move underscoring their commitment to critical areas, the European Parliament (EP) and the Council formally ratified the EU's 2024 budget, marking a significant milestone in addressing pressing global challenges while bolstering support for research initiatives, youth empowerment, and combating external adversities.EP President Roberta Metsola signed the 2024 EU budget into law on 22 November, symbolising the culmination of rigorous discussions and collaborative efforts within the Strasbourg hemicycle. This budget, amounting to €189.4 billion in commitments, and payments set at…
Digital-ready policymakingEuropean Policies+8 topics
Last update: 01/12/2023

Fill out the GovTech Connect Startups Survey

This survey aims to understand the barriers and opportunities startups face when working with the government. The feedback from this survey will be used to inform the GovTech Connect project's research, design thinking and open innovation activities.Who should respond?This survey is specifically made for startup founders and their management teams, regardless of their size and stage. We know that every startup has different priorities. You might be able to answer all questions, or you might have to ask other team members to provide the information needed.Why should you take part?Participating…
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Last update: 30/11/2023

“OSOR Turns 15” Conference: Highlights

On the 21st of November 2023, in the heart of Brussels, a landmark event celebrated the 15th anniversary of the European Commission’s Open Source Observatory (OSOR). The conference, titled “OSOR Turns…
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Last update: 03/12/2023

After "OSOR turns 15"

The OSOR turns 15 celebration (21 November 2023) gave speakers the opportunity to highlight the role of Digital Commons in implementing a user centric vision: supporting the rule of law, inclusion, transparency, accountability and collaboration. Ultimately four words summarize all that quite well: “People and rights first”!The advent of the digital era served as driving force for the adoption of major EU legal instruments. After initial directives, we welcome regulations in various fields (PSI, Data, GDPR, SDGR, AI and very soon the Interoperable Europe Act).But knowing that the "open"…
European PoliciesLegal+3 topics
Last update: 01/12/2023

New reports on China and Mexico

OSOR has just published the first versions of reports on the state of open source in Mexico and China. These reports offer a comprehensive overview of each country’s use and policies on open source software as of 2023. They delve into the evolution of policies in recent years and provide various examples of open source usage in public administration specific to each nation.In these reports, you will discover the key governmental bodies actively involved in open source initiatives. In Mexico, the reports highlight the roles of the National Digital Strategy Coordinator and the Public research…
Digital-ready policymakingEuropean Policies+8 topics
Last update: 01/12/2023

Exploring Innovation in Procurement

In the ever-evolving landscape of government technology, the need for innovative solutions is paramount. The intersection of technology, innovation, and public procurement is a crucial space where novel approaches are not only beneficial but necessary. One such approach gaining traction is the utilization of design contests to foster innovation in public sector procurement. In a recent GovTech4all café session focused on Innovation in Procurement, a presentation was delivered to set the context for the ensuing discussion. Laura Kirchner, policy expert at Gobe Studio and Arūnė Matelytė, the…
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GovTech Connect

What is GovTech Connect?GovTech Connect is a is a multi-year, cross-border project, created under DG CONNECT of the European Commission, that entails a variety of initiatives convening and mobilising the GovTech…
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Service Model

The CISE Network is a complex open computer network interfacing several EU countries, specifically, in the maritime data context. This network connects CISE nodes and legacy systems thought a special component called…

CISE Data Models

The use of CISE specifications and data models, helps to ensure that public administrations are taking into account relevant EU recommendations on standards and specifications in the maritime domain and are seeking to…

CISE node

The CISE Node manages the communication protocol among participants, including the security, access control to the information and the reliability aspects. The CISE Node is a common block for all the partners connected…


EU BERT is is a language processing tool tailored for European languages and was developed through collective European efforts. EUBERT processes and understands multiple languages from the continent, addressing its…

EuroVoc Tagger

The European Parliament has deployed a EuroVoc ( classifier in production using the Huggingface…
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EmacsConf 2023

EmacsConf 2023 is taking place fully online. With a collaborative developer community that has been active for four decades, this two-day conference (Saturday & Sunday) may be beneficial for those in the public sector…

FOSS Backstage 2024

What makes an open source project flourish? FOSS Backstage encourages more discourse about the non-coding aspects of successful open source projects.The two day conference is dedicated to everything related to FOSS…
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What's Joinup

The Joinup platform is the European Commission's one-stop shop for interoperable, open, and free digital government ICT solutions and an online space for e-Government professionals and enthusiasts to share and learn about digital public services and initiatives.

Joinup covers the hands-on aspects of interoperability.

What's Interoperable Europe

It’s the European Commission’s initiative for a reinforced interoperability policy showcasing news and events about government-related interoperability, along with initiatives and best practices that support the digitalisation of EU public administrations.

Interoperable Europe covers the policy angle of interoperability.